Spring is right around the corner and the Texas weather is showing it! I’ve failed miserably at updating my blog, and my website, and I feel like I apologize more than ever. But one of these days, I hope to get back to consistent posting. Things are calming down (dare I say that?) in our house, and I’m making creative time more of a priority. It is my “therapy” and definitely cheaper than anything else! I’m also working hard to get exercise back into my schedule. The stress of the last 12 months has put on some pounds, and some habits that I’m not thrilled with, to say the least! So, here’s to SPRING and a time of new beginnings.
Spring has brought MANY new Stampin’ Up! products, and the one that has received my attention the most is a set of BRUSHO CRYSTALS. Oh, my! They are so much fun, and the sky is the limit! We currently sell a set of 5 colors, and all supply information is at the bottom of this post. I have watched several YouTube videos and looked at Pinterest samples a lot! A whole lot! I have been so inspired by others, so please don’t think I did it all on my own. But they are SO EASY……and there is no right or wrong way. Brusho allows for the ultimate amount of fun and creativity. I want to show you several samples, and I’ll show even more after my classes this weekend. I have two sessions, and my ladies are super excited to learn about Brusho!
This first sample is “Basic Brusho 101”. I used watercolor paper, sprinkled on the Brusho Crystals, and spritzed with water. Voila! Fun background. I embossed the butterfly from “Beautiful Day” but I can’t remember if I embossed it first or last. Either way, it will turn out VERY similar. I’m using the same stamp set on all of these cards to keep it quick and easy for my class.
Once you experiment with the crystals and the spritzing, you can take it from there for many other techniques. On this card, I used the Aqua Painter (water) mixed with a tiny bit of crystals, and colored in the butterfly. You can use one of your Acrylic Blocks to sprinkle a few crystals on, gently grab some color onto your Aqua Painter, and start coloring. This card was done on Shimmery White Cardstock, which doesn’t photograph well, but it adds to the beauty of the butterfly in real life. You’ll want to stamp with Momento Ink and allow it to dry VERY WELL or heat set it when you’re in a hurry. Black butterflies are not pretty 🙂
Next up……I tried an Embossing Folder on Watercolor Paper. Once everything was dry, I sponged the raised part of the image with Whisper White Craft Ink for the added “pop” and dimension on this card.
I saw an awesome Australian Demonstrator post several videos using Brusho. I highly recommend watching them, and her voice is adorable……the accent, love! She used Bubble Wrap of all things……..and look at how cute this is!!! Oh my goodness! Talk about fun! And you can make at least two backgrounds each time — one is just a little lighter than the other. I sprinkled a bit of red Brusho at the bottom of the bubble wrap, and yellow Brusho at the top. Slightly let the crystals overlap in the middle, but not too much. They will naturally bleed together when you spritz it with water.
And last one for today……same basic thing as the Bubble Wrap, but using a Stencil instead. I’m listing the basic supplies used for my cards below. If you have any questions about these, please email me. I’m eager to help everyone love Brusho as much as I do!
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